SeaMobile has also been awarded the integration, installation, operations and maintenance of a 3.7m VSAT terminal system for the new NOAA ship, Okeanos Explorer. NOAA is an agency of the US Department of Commerce, and conducts environmental research and serves as the country's primary source of information on weather data, forecasts, warnings and climate change.
The contract will also include the provision of voice and data access to up to 21 ships in the NOAA fleet using SeaMobile's DirectNet service, a fully managed maritime telecommunications service enabling the extension of NOAA's network from all its terrestrial locations to the fleet.
DirectNet enables broadband connectivity between the ships and the NOAA headquarters so that environmental scientists can interact in real-time with ships at sea. NOAA will have the ability to conduct voice calls, large data transfers and video conferencing simultaneously while operating in the northern Alaska, Pacific and Atlantic Ocean regions.
SeaMobile had previously provided service to nine NOAA ships on a month-to-month basis. The new contract covers all ships under a long-term commitment.